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INSEAD Campus visit, June 2018: Debrief

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Hello people,

I visited the INSEAD SG campus last month during one of the 'on-campus' events and wanted to share the experience for those who haven't been to the school.

Brief timeline of the day
So the registration was at 6 PM. A student from the 18J batch took us on a campus tour. We looked through classrooms, the library, the hangout areas, the discussion rooms where group work is done, the canteen, etc. The student was very friendly and answered all questions that were raised and also spoke about her experience.
After the tour we were taken into a classroom. A representative of the admissions team gave a presentation about the school. Covered standard stuff which you can find on the website. That was followed by another brief presentation from the career development center. The two presentations took 30 mins in total.
This was followed by a masterclass on Negotiations (forgot the name of the professor), which is an elective. The class was quite interesting. The teaching was activity-based and that made it more engaging.
Post that, we had 5 students take the stage for about half-an-hour, where they each spoke about their background and INSEAD experience and then took questions from the crowd.
The day ended with networking with about 10 odd students over snacks and cocktail. The admissions committee representative was also present to take any questions.

Some observations
1. The diversity in the students stood out even in the brief time I was there on campus. The 10 students who were there to interact with us were from 8 different nationalities.
2. It was also interesting to see that some people had flown down from different corners of the world, such as US, Hungary, Germany and so on.
3. The 'consulting school' tag also seemed well earned. About 50% of the students from the 18J batch had offers from the top firms.
4. The campus by itself is not as sprawling as some US or other European b-schools are (maybe the France campus is the bigger one). There aren't too many open spaces or green spaces where students can just hang out. The lack of land available in Singapore's might be a cause.
5. There is a start-up incubator right across the street. And students can just walk across and spend some time there and even do some side projects with a company there. Nice way to get involved in the start-up space for interested folks.
6. As per one of the students, the Singapore government's pressure on recruitment of foreigners had an impact on the consulting firms, who were a bit cautious while recruiting for their Singapore offices. So if you are a foreigner looking to move base to Singapore, consulting might not be the best way to do that. Tech firms were apparently still open to foreigners though.

Hope this helps. Cheers.
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Thank you very much! It's so nice of you to take time to write down your campus visit experience for other forum members here. It's little disappointing to learn about the impact of policies of Singapore govt on Consulting recruitments. Were you by any chance able to figure out what percentage of the Singapore campus class find placements outside the Singapore?
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nishantd88 nice post!!

Keep posting. Thanks.

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nishantd88 thank you so much for posting this the last two points were very helpful and interesting.... was not aware about the incubator that is awesome. Would love your answer to Narenn when you get a moment

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Narenn wrote:
Thank you very much! It's so nice of you to take time to write down your campus visit experience for other forum members here. It's little disappointing to learn about the impact of policies of Singapore govt on Consulting recruitments. Were you by any chance able to figure out what percentage of the Singapore campus class find placements outside the Singapore?

No such statistic was shared. I don't think such a figure would exist because most students do a campus exchange to Fountainbleau or Abu Dhabi (as per the adcom representative, 75% of students opt for campus exchange). So I doubt there's anything defined as 'Singapore campus class'.

I checked with the adcom member too about the impact of government policies, but she said that it didn't have any impact on INSEAD's recruitment. but one of the '18J's mentioned that there seemed to be a preference for locals or Singapore permanent residents for Singapore office and apparently some firms even mentioned it in their presentations. Foreigners too were recruited (the guy who said this was an Indian recruited by a top tier consulting firm for Singapore), but numbers were a bit lower as compared to prior years. However, overall recruitment was good and people who wanted to stay in ASEAN region could opt for Kuala Lumpur/Jakarta/Manila/Bangkok offices.
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Narenn wrote:
Thank you very much! It's so nice of you to take time to write down your campus visit experience for other forum members here. It's little disappointing to learn about the impact of policies of Singapore govt on Consulting recruitments. Were you by any chance able to figure out what percentage of the Singapore campus class find placements outside the Singapore?


Nobody has the answer as most of "Singapore campus class" moved to Fonty come P4, P5 to recruit in Europe. For those who recruited in Singapore, most were recruiting for SEA/China/India/Australia/rest of world.

To clarify--McKinsey was the only company who openly said that they only look for Singaporean in Singapore office (not even PR). Bain interviewed almost everyone, and some other T2 firms hired non Singaporean (and non PR) for Singapore office i.e., Monitor, A.T. Kearney, Parthenon, Strategy&. Main reasons why people did not get interview invitations in Singapore office were:

1. Lack of strong explanation on why Singapore office is their top choice, or
2. They put other offices that "makes more sense" as their second priority / equal weightage

Source: am an 18J
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